Abusive Priest in Boston Pleads Guilty to Multiple Counts of Abuse
A religious order priest from Boston, MA who was first accused of abusing a boy in 2002 pled guilty on Thursday, January 2 to multiple counts of sexual abuse of a child.
We are grateful to the police and prosecutors who pursued this case and were able to secure justice for survivors and protect future children from abuse. Now we call on church officials in Boston to publicize this information among the public and their parishioners so that others who may have been hurt by the priest will be encouraged to come forward, get help, and start healing.
Rev. Randall Gillette of the Passionist order pled guilty to two counts of “unnatural and lascivious acts with a child.” Rev. Gillette was first accused of abuse in a 2002 letter from a man who alleged that Rev. Gillette abused him in 1972 at St. Gabriel’s in Brighton, MA. In August of 2015, Rev. Gillette was again accused of abuse by a man who alleged that he was abused and assaulted by Rev. Gillette from 1971 to 1974 while he was assigned to St. Michael’s Monastery in Union City.
We hope that Rev. Gillette will be given the maximum possible sentence so that future children will not have to suffer further abuse at his hands. We also call on Cardinal Sean O’Malley to publicize the information about Rev. Gillette’s guilty plea in all parish bulletins and websites at every single parish where he ever worked so that other victims who may still be suffering in silence will be encouraged to come forward and make a report to law enforcement.
CONTACT: Zach Hiner, Executive Director (firstname.lastname@example.org, 517-974-9009)
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)